Houston Texans: 3 predictions for 2019 before training camp
The Houston Texans could look similar to last season, but there also will be some surprises, and here are three predictions before training camp.
Training camp continues to get closer, even though the Houston Texans’ conversation about the team is very quiet.
Even though the Texans are the reigning AFC South champions, have one of the up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league, one of the best defensive ends in the game and possibly the best wide receiver in the NFL, nobody is really talking about this team. That is fine, because like they did last season, they can sneak up on some teams and can prove to the pro football world they are a franchise to be taken seriously, even with some decisions they’ve made this offseason.
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Predicting the season in early July is always a tough task, but it is fun, too. The sky is the limit for the Texans, as it was somewhat of a surprise last season after starting 0-3 that they went on a tear and ended up 11-5, winning the division championship and hosting a playoff game. If remembered correctly, after the three straight losses, the coach’s seat for Bill O’Brien was hot as lava, and to be honest, going into this season, that will most likely be the case again.
The Texans have elite talent at some positions on the roster as they have quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is continuing to improve each season. The Texans have a running back in Lamar Miller who will get his team around 900-1,000 yards rushing, but there is still room for improvement. Also on offense, the Texans bring DeAndre Hopkins to the field, and he’s the elite of the elite when it comes to being a wide receiver in the NFL.
Defensively, the Texans have their strong points with the duo of defensive end J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, and if the Texans are smart, they will keep Clowney around for more years to come.
The Texans have a lot to look forward to if they make the improvements needed to take them to the next level. Many already have teams like the rebuilt Cleveland Browns jumping ahead of the Texans in the rankings of the best in the AFC, or the Indianapolis Colts, who were possibly the hottest team to end the regular season a year ago.
Houston has an opportunity to surprise many football fans once again for the 2019 season, but the improvement has to show not from the very first game of the regular season, but during training camp and even the preseason. Next are three predictions for the Texans before training camp begins.